My students love writing silly stories with these scrambled story elements! Cut up the cards and place them into a container or bag for each story element. Let students randomly choose one problem, one character, and one setting.
I've used this in writing workshop groups to support students in developing a plot diagram for a story. I've also used it to dig into how different characters would respond to a given problem, and to look at how setting impacts the character and the problem. It is also great to leave for a sub for a little fun free-writing :)